Jan 19, 2022
Can you trust your Wedding Photographer? Herein lies the important question every couple must ask. A couple getting married knows the value of trust - that it must be earned; it's no different when hiring a photographer - they must prove to be worthy of it.
After all, you only get one chance at your wedding; you can't go back and retake the pictures! And you certainly don't want to hire someone who causes strain on the most important day of your life, so make sure you do homework!
In this post, I highlight three major indicators of what to look out for before hiring, so you'll be confident that you've found someone worthy of your trust. It's by no means a fully comprehensive guide, but it is a starting point. Broken down, it's
2. Track Record
Weddings can have mishaps, and things don't always go according to plan. Thus, having someone who's encountered similar issues prior will be paramount to ensure your day goes smoothly.
An experienced photographer will handle mishaps calmly and help find solutions because they've been there before, and that's the value of experience.
In contrast, inexperienced photographers will get stressed when mishaps occur, which will make you more stressed! They won't possess the confidence to overcome hurdles as they've possibly never tackled them before.
Knowledge and Foresight
An experienced photographer has a greater awareness of what weddings entail, and they can foresee things that an inexperienced photographer won't.
The art of positioning is an essential skill for a wedding photographer: Knowing when and where to be is critical.
Anticipating The Father of the Bride seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. Or knowing the best location to capture the Groom's first glance at the Bride. Or the first kiss - the list goes on! These beautiful, joyous moments are once in a life - literally! :) - so don't leave them in the hands of someone who lacks the knowledge and foresight to anticipate them. Unlike a movie, there is no second take, so it's a pretty big deal to hire someone you can trust will capture them.
It's Not Always About Getting More Shots
Sometimes refraining from taking pictures and backing off is best practice. You may think taking as must pictures as possible at any given time is always desirable. Not so. An experienced photographer works smart, whereas an inexperienced photographer works hard! What would you prefer: A photographer taking thousands of pictures in a frenzy, working up a big sweat? Or a photographer who works quietly and confidently and knows precisely when to anticipate and capture the best moments?